Ten TV bars at which we'd like to get wasted
How I Met Your Mother? By getting hammered every night, obviously.
There are places to meet friends for drinks ... and then there are bars, my friends. Places where the drink is the thing, and the goal is drunk.
That in mind, there are some TV bars where you just wouldn't want to be, like Rosie's from M.A.S.H. (bad booze near the front of the Korean conflict) or the Bronze from Buffy (tough to drink and quip and fight vampires all at the same time), or Archie Bunker's Place (where you have to put up with Archie Bunker). And then there are the bars where the booze isn't the main focus, such as the Bada-Bing! from The Sopranos (topless dancers), 90210's Peach Pit After Dark or Melrose Place's Shooters (looking pretty while snorting coke) or Star Trek: TNG's Ten-Forward (showcasing Whoopie Goldberg).
Fortunately, there are a lot of watering holes on the other side of the spectrum--joints where you'd love to spend quality time with a small shot glass, a chaser of beer, and the infinite possibilities inherent in draining them over and over again.
So hoist your glasses, grab your remote, and don't forget to tip your waitresses.
Just out of the top ten: Phil's (Murphy Brown), Danny's Place (Quincy, M.E.)
10. Isaac's Bar, The Love Boat
If you're on The Love Boat, you're going to need drinks. Strong drinks. This place is lousy with broken hearts, sappy love stories, and faded stars. And, you know, Gopher. Good thing Isaac makes a mean Mai-Tai, even if he is the only bartender on the Pacific Princess.
9. The Boar's Nest, Dukes of Hazzard
Okay, so there's a down side: Boss Hogg owns the place (which explains the name, at least), and has an office in the back where he hatches plans and lets Roscoe P. Coletrane giggle. But this Dukes of Hazzard roadhouse has two major assets: Daisy Duke and her ... considerable waitressing skills. Oh, and also the jugs of moonshine on every table and in the trunk of every car.
8. McLaren's, How I Met Your Mother A relative newcomer to TV's drinking scene, this bar from How I Met Your Mother has distinguished itself by offering not only an impressive average of nine flashbacks per character per half-hour, but also the ability to apparently reserve the exact same four-top booth in a crowded New York bar. Better yet, these are not characters that nurse their drinks, or choose the hang in a quaint coffee shop with fluffy couches and scones. These are drinkers, pure and simple.
7. The Warsaw, The Drew Carey Show
Drinking was such a part of The Drew Carey Show that this blue-collar Cleveland bar felt like an extension of the characters' homes: living room, kitchen, bathroom down the hall, Warsaw. And it nearly was: Oswald and Lewis lived in the apartment above the bar, and Mimi and Steve bought the house right next door. That's some serious and admirable dedication to beer.
6. The Drunken Clam, Family Guy
Once known as "St. Elmo's Clam," this Quahog staple of drink is usually just referred to by patrons as "the Clam." Not to be confused with the Fuzzy Clam, which is a nude bar down the way a bit, or Ye Olde Pube, which Peter built in his basement. But no matter the name, no matter the competition, the regulars keep returning to this tavern -- including God himself, trolling for barflies.Next Page
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